Learning Something New: Wabi-sabi

I enjoy reading about different cultures but have recently became increasingly interested in how the Japanese view the world. I recently read this – and would highly recommend spending 5 minutes reading an article on “Japan’s unusual way to view the world“.

An excerpt from the article:

The dents and scratches we bear are all reminders of experience, and to erase them would be to ignore the complexities of life. By retaining the imperfect, repairing the broken and learning to find beauty in flaws – rather than in spite of them – Japan’s ability to cope with the natural disasters it so often faces is strengthened.

In this crazy time with so many unknowns and daily changes – perhaps this might help find peace.

Smithsonian Open Access

Medal, George Washington before Boston, 1790, obverse. NU*198284.0002.

Something exciting just happened – The Smithsonian just released “Smithsonian Open Access” which allows you you to download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.

Why is that exciting? This includes nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from their existing collections by way of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

Within a few moments – you can search for just about anything (my first search was George Washington) and find all sorts of really cool paintings, coins, statues, and any other related object you would expect from the Smithsonian. You then have the option to download it and use it as you would like.Not only is this fun/interesting for someone like me who loves history and would rather search though this than social media – but it is a great tool for kids to be able to look up/use items for their school projects.

A huge thanks to the Smithsonian! Time to check it out: https://www.si.edu/openaccess

Burpees, Squat Jumps, and Shadow Boxing

Today’s workout is inspired by something I got from Brute Force with a touch of me.

The workout: 20 minutes EMOM (every minute on the minute).

Set a timer for 20 minutes.

Each minute – do 5 squat jumps and 5 burpees. With the remaining time – shadow box. When each new minute starts – repeat. 5 squat jumps, 5 burpees, shadow boxing.

No breaks!

Stop the Insanity!

Where is Susan Powter when we need her? Remember “Stop the Insanity” from the 1990s?

Instead of spending time reading about the COVID-19 stats – stop the insanity and take a few minutes and read about “Inspirational, uplifting, funny and happy news, photos, videos and more.”

TODAY’s Good News.

Beating Home Shelter Anxiety

With extra time on our hands during the “shelter in home” times – I have been trying to keep my mind off all the uncertainties by doing tasks around the house. If you find yourself with a wandering mind and increased anxiety – try doing one or some of the following. You will feel a sense of accomplishment as well as have a break from the anxiety and/or boredom.

  1. Devices: Go through all your photos on your photos on your phone and remove any that you do not need (for me – this includes mistakes, pictures of shopping lists, etc). This will free up memory on your phone and make finding photos you actually want to see easier.
  2. Inside: Go through your media in your house (old DVDs, CDs, etc). Do you even own something that these can be played on? If the answer is no – donate or throw them away. If you do still have a device that they work on – try and eliminate ones you know you have not and will not watch within the next year. Let’s face it – by that time there is a good chance you will not have the device or will have something better. (Example – I own the Sopranos full series on DVD but I also have a HBO subscription which has all of them available on demand. Why am I holding on to these? Repeat this task for clothing, shoes, and anything else you “should go through but never seem to have the time to do”
  3. Outside: As we get closer to nicer weather consider starting a garden or even a pot of herbs. Figure out what you love fresh and try and plant it. This will also go a long way with less trips to and relying on the grocery store.
  4. For Others: Each day – pick up the phone and instead of typing – put it up to your ear and actually call/talk to someone you “should call” or “wonder how they are doing”. Have older relatives? Write them an actual letter.
  5. For You: Being able to control something in these uncertain times can go a long way. Do yourself a favor and get on the scale (just do it!) and use these few weeks to get control of your health by eating better and moving more. Time spent running to the stores should now turn into time walking (inside or out), doing simple body weight exercises/stretches and anything to make you physically and emotionally stronger.

All in all – not being able to see friends/loved ones is tough, but we can use this time to focus on a number of “I/we should” things we have putting off. Put that worry energy into something positive and improve your life!

No Equipment/Excuses Workout

Today’s workout comes from https://bruteforcetraining.com/ and is called the BalboaJack3D. No equipment or excuses needed.

Complete the following for time:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Burpees

20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2
Dips

30-27-24-21-18-15-12-9-6-3
Sit-Ups or Abs of choice

Format of this one goes like this… 10 Burpees, 20 Dips, 30 sit-ups, or abs of choice. The 9, 18, 27.

Have You Tried Vivaldi?

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a new browser I had never heard of before: Vivaldi. I have been known to like alternative browsers (iCab, Flock) and was excited to see what this new browser was all about.

Within a few moments – I was sold. Without any extensions – I could capture entire page and is something that instantly saves time. I also use that functionality when helping clients debug an issue or show them some new development. So far – so good!

Next Up – the ability to view tabs in splitscreen. Wait a second – I just did the capture screen again – in a matter of moments! The split screen comes in handy when working on a few different projects or doing any sort of comparison.

If you are not sold yet…Vivaldi is fast, can use any Chrome extension, is completely customizable, and has a number of other great tools/options developers. If you have not done so already – check out Vivaldi

My Latest Favorite Song

Every once and awhile you find that one song you cannot seem to hear enough. For me –
“Dream With Somebody” by Tinlicker is that song and has been on repeat in my house/car for the last 5 days straight.

Check it out…

Awesome Shirts!


A few weeks ago I was looking for some fun shirts for my son who loves Seinfeld. I stumbled across Famous in Real Life and ordered a few shirts. (Kraymerica and Little Jerry (photo) for Evan – as well as Mandlebaum Gym and The Jerk Store for me.

Not only are the shirts great – they also have great customer service. After a wash – one of Evan’s shirts lost some of the ink – but with a simple email to the store owner – I quickly got a replacement. If you are a Seinfeld, Christmas Vacation, The Office fan – check these shirts out.